Industry data

Data used for analysing the art and antiques market includes surveys, prices indices, government figures and market reports.

These range from sector-specific studies such as the Antique Furniture Price Index to more general reports such as the annual TEFAF Report and the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report compiled by economist Clare McAndrew.

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TEFAF Report 2015: Global art market grows 7% in 2014

11 March 2015

Post-War and Contemporary art accounts for almost half of total spend at auction


Mahogany holds steady as oak declines

04 February 2015

The Antique Collectors’ Club’s Annual Furniture Index (AFI) registered its seventh successive fall in 2014. However, only two categories depreciated substantially.

Trade figures show Artist's Resale Right hurting UK

10 November 2014

A new report on the British art market shows the United States and China pulling away from the UK – the world’s third biggest player – as global business expands.

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Sotheby’s auction totals up but private sales fall

18 August 2014

Sotheby’s figures for the first half of 2014 saw a significant increase in auction totals help them to a 20% rise in operating income compared to the equivalent period last year.

New buyers, online sales and top-end art dominate

21 July 2014

Christie’s reported auction sales for the first half of 2014 of $3.6bn (£2.2bn), a 23% rise on the same period last year. Sotheby’s took $3.12bn (£1.9bn), a 22% increase.

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New York series posts record auction total

16 May 2014

There was no slowing down in the Contemporary art market as the latest sales in New York posted a record for any auction series.

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Building brand and trust the key to online success, say Hiscox

12 May 2014

Reputation and brand building is likely to become the single most important component to success in selling art and antiques online, a market now worth $1.57bn.

Figures show fall in UK imports as importance of trade with Russia grows

25 March 2014

A sharp decline in the movement of fine art between the UK and its main trading partners in the US and Switzerland is the starkest feature of the latest set of import and export figures.

Bonhams announce revenues of £127m for 2013

24 March 2014

Following last week’s announcement of their global sales totals, Bonhams have now released figures for their 2013 revenues and profits as well.

US share of booming art market grows

20 March 2014

New York has firmly reinforced its status as the capital of the global art market with a 25% growth in the value of US sales last year.

Confusion as France’s auction watchdog ranks international auction houses

20 March 2014

Bonhams have released their sales figures for 2013, with the company claiming third place in the global hierarchy after Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

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Furniture prices continue their slow downward trend

11 February 2014

There are very few positives to take from the latest findings of The Antique Collectors’ Club’s Annual Furniture Index (AFI). For reasons of fashion and function, the English antique furniture market remains in a parlous state and no category from early oak to Georgian mahogany held firm.

Asian art and jewellery help boost totals as provincial auctioneers report an upturn

14 January 2014

Optimism permeated the UK’s regional auction market across much of the last year.

Gold’s decade-long boom seems to be over

06 January 2014

A decade of rising gold prices came to an end as 2013 turned into 2014 with a 28% fall over the past 12 months.


TEFAF Maastricht gets ready for its latest outing

08 March 2013

Showing up at TEFAF Maastricht in the southern Netherlands with a stand cobbled together from stale, lacklustre stock is tantamount to professional suicide, the sort of nightmare that has dealers waking up in a cold sweat.


Green shoots in market for dull brown?

29 January 2013

Green shoots in the market for the most iconic of all English furniture was among the more encouraging findings of the Antique Furniture Price Index in 2012.

Private sales lead the agenda once more at Sotheby’s

13 November 2012

Sotheby’s have seen a 50% increase of revenues generated from private treaty sales for the third quarter of 2012.


What’s happening with the auction house duopoly?

20 August 2012

Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ came to the block at just the right time for Sotheby’s when it set the record for anything ever sold at auction.

Survey shows BADA impact on world market

30 July 2012

Of all the statistics – and there are many – to emerge from the British Antique Dealers’ Association 2011 Survey, it is the £855m ($1.4bn) estimated turnover among members that stands out.

A fifth of our sales are now online, say LAPADA members

24 July 2012

Nearly one in five of all sales by LAPADA dealers are now online, according to the fine art and antique dealer association’s latest survey, covering 2011.